With the global pandemic and the upheaval of this era, the Ethiopian-born abstract artist Julie Mehretu has deeply considered the role of intuition and how it has guided her artistic method in a time of social and emotional disruption. Intuition has been a guiding light for her newest site-specific work for the Whitney Museum, which is aimed at capturing the roots of the migrant experience by centering the Statue of Liberty as a literal point of entry to the United States and, conceptually, as a departure point in which one may consider the history of migration and its poignant impact on the lives of many in America. Her pieces are raw, visceral, and inspired, with her stylistic approach creating a range of artworks that are simultaneously fluid and fractured to signify the nature of the American experience. For those interested in hearing more, Mehretu’s interview with Artnet details her artistic process and approach to what has proved to be a particularly sensual moment for her.
Julie Mehretu, Loop (B. Lozano, Bolsonaro eve) (2019–20).
Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo credit: Tom Powel Imaging.
Copyright: Julie Mehretu.